Legalweek New York kicks off this week and we’ll be there, keeping you up to date with announcements as they break. Here’s what you need to know globally from the past legal tech week.
We broke the news in the Orange Rag on 24 January that in its biggest UK win to date and the first within the UK top 40, Travers Smith LLP has selected NetDocuments to replace its legacy OpenText document management system, with IT director Ann Cant citing security as a key factor behind the decision.
Another story we broke in the January Orange Rag and here with its very own URL so you can share it more easily: Burness Paull has selected iManage Cloud for its 500 users, with the leading Scottish independent firm also adding iManage Security Policy Manager and Threat Manager to protect its data.
Eclipse Legal Systems has announced the release of TouchPoint App – a native app enabling law firms and legal organisations to offer self-service control to their customers via their mobile phones.
TouchPoint App complements Eclipse’s existing TouchPoint+ self-service portal, which is a device-independent and interactive online experience for legal service providers, their business partners and clients, using real-time data from Eclipse’s core Proclaim Case and Practice Management solution.
And Tikit just announced that Coodes and Herington Carmichael have chosen Tikit P4W as their practice and case management system in two six figure deals.
With the inaugural Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) EMEA Institute causing quite a stir, we revealed that the group has started a high level cyber group with a view to creating a cybersecurity standard – an initiative that this publication also set the ball rolling on towards the end of last year in a high-level meeting sponsored by Accenture and we hope to collaborate on.
Over one million (1,159,687 to be exact) leaked and hacked credentials from the UK’s top 500 law firms have been found on the Dark Web, leaving the firms vulnerable to phishing scams, and the possibility of significant data theft. The figures represent an average of 2,000 email addresses per organisation, with the largest firm having just over 30,000 email addresses on the dark web.
The email addresses, including nearly 80,000 from the Magic Circle, have been found by cybersecurity specialist RepKnight as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the huge number of leaked and hacked credentials circulating on the dark web. While emails are available on law firm websites, on the dark web they are effectively packaged up for convenience and it shows (if proof were needed) that law firms are a clear target.
Analysing news reports about your clients is hugely time consuming but Manzama’s newly-launched software Manzama Signals uses natural language processing (NLP) to do that for you. This is the announcement, out on 18 January, will no doubt hit a sweet spot in many firms as they increasingly realise that business development, to be done better, must be more data driven.
And as legal software provider Pracctice Ltd enters its fourth decade in business, CEO Craig Matthews asks founder and managing director, John Taylor, how it all started – and what the future holds for the independent tech business.
From a bullish start that saw then chief information officer Scott Angelo claim that K&L Gates’ successful rollout of SAP would be a turning point for the legal industry, a year and a half and a change of management later, the top US firm has shelved the project and decided to stick with Thomson Reuters Elite.
K&L Gates announced in May 2016 that it had selected SAP as its financial management system, with NTT as its systems integrator (SI). NTT is a SAP global services partner but has no known experience to date of SAP roll outs in the legal sector, with Angelo having looked for a SI with experience of implementing SAP in professional services firms. Click on the link above for the full story.
Deloitte, recently named a global leader in e-discovery services by IDC MarketScape, has expanded its existing nine-year working relationship with Relativity, the providers of the leading e-discovery platform. The new strategic alliance focuses on delivering data governance solutions to clients with increased speed, flexibility and efficiency by leveraging the power of Relativity and its complete e-discovery SaaS solution RelativityOne.
“We want to help our clients take advantage of the disruption currently underway in the e-discovery space, whether they want to work fully in the cloud, in a hosted environment, on-premises or in a hybrid model,” said Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory CEO Chuck Saia. “Deloitte’s industry-leading e-discovery services, global footprint, managed services capabilities and sector knowledge all offer our clients agility and scalability around bet-the-business events – as well as for ongoing protection and preservation of competitively advantageous data.”
AdvoLogix achieves record growth and expands its global reach with enhanced Legal Matter Management solutions
AdvoLogix, a leading provider of cloud-based law practice and legal matter management solutions, last week announced the company closed 2017 with record growth in new accounts and user subscriptions, expanded global reach to new customers in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and delivered more than 75 customer-driven improvements to the AdvoLogix Matter Management solution.
FileTrail, a leader in next-generation records management software, announces the introduction of FileTrail GPS, Governance Policy Suite. The new platform is designed to help law firms improve their client retention by providing a comprehensive information governance solution that manages outside counsel guidelines along with firm policies.
Ediscovery News: Advanced Discovery expands Riskcovery’s predictive analytics taxonomies to identify risk of sexual harassment in the workplace
Advanced Discovery, a global eDiscovery and risk management provider, last week announced the company has launched a new sexual harassment taxonomy with which to identify and assess patterns of inappropriate workplace behaviour within an organisation’s electronically stored information. The new sexual harassment template is part of the Riskcovery analytics suite.
CEOs now expect their law departments to be managed like other business units with a focus on cost control and desire to drive innovation and competitive advantage. To effectively manage this, the new function of legal operations has emerged to drive innovation and efficiency in corporate law departments. With this in mind Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions has released a white paper exploring innovation trends in corporate law departments. You can find out more using the link above.
EmpowerLegal launches Litigation Suite, a series of streamable video tutorials that effectively prepare clients for testimony
EmpowerLegal Inc launched its powerful Litigation Suite, a series of streamable video tutorials which help litigation attorneys and their clients effectively prepare for major legal events including mediations, depositions and trials.
LexisNexis, a global provider of information and analytics, today announced that LexisNexis and P.R.I.M.E. Finance have collaborated to launch a unique case database, which provides access to a wide range of cases from around the world. Through the database, P.R.I.M.E. Finance experts and the judges they train can access links to cases, transcripts and available law reports on LexisLibrary, in addition to practical guidance from LexisPSL Banking & Finance and Arbitration and host of other useful features and functionality.
Aurora North, a leader in delivering IP solutions for law firms, last week announced that Brian Aitchison has joined its Intellectual Property Practice as Director of Consulting. Brian, a seasoned veteran from top IP firms, including Sughrue Mion, and a visionary on the future of IP prosecution, will be leading clients to better leverage their people, technology, and processes to ultimately deliver higher quality work at a competitive (and profitable) price.